Monday, November 29, 2010


Last Christmas, one of the gifts all of our kids received were new devotion books.  The plan was for my wife to do devotions each night with our girls and I would handle the nightly devotion with our son.

We didn't get to a devotion every night.  But we did get to one most nights when we were at home and not up too terribly late or doing something else (like some of the "becoming a man" stuff).  I'm glad to say that tonight William completed his devotion book - 108 devotions in all.  Maybe even better is the fact that it is usually him coming and asking me, "are we doing devotions tonight?" and not me having to drag him into it.  He is already asking about the next devotion book!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Spoke too soon

As the title indicates, it appears I spoke (or more accurately, blogged) too soon when I wrote last month that I had recovered the data off my old hard drives that were in the server that had the meltdown.  Last week I went to find a file and discovered empty directories.

So, had some time today to reconnect the old hard drive and tried to access the files I was looking for using a couple different PCs.  Alas, it looks like the files are definitely gone from the hard drive.  And unfortunately, I really have no idea what is missing and what is not.  One of the downsides of not having a good record of files (or possibly the fact that I had thousands of files).

From what I can tell, it looks like I definitely lost all my files from the badges I had been making for my MINI.  I can always reconstruct those.  Looks like I also lost a lot of pictures from MINI events over the past couple years.  Fortunately, I don't think I lost any of the pictures of the kids events (e.g. school events, sports events, etc.).  Looks like the music directory got hosed as well - again, not a big deal as all the music was saved elsewhere, although I think the .ogg versions of my music may have been lost.

Haven't really been able to identify any rhyme or reason to what is present and what is missing.  The only thing I can tell is that it appears the folder/directory structure is present - just the actual files missing in some directories.

At this point, I suppose I need to accept the fact that since the files were so seldom accessed, they probably were not all that important.

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Some Staying Awake Thoughts

This past week I was doing a little research on the word "awake" in the Scripture. If I recall correctly, this was due to all the instances I ran across it while reading the Tynedale New Testament. Which, by the way, has been a blast reading even with the challenge of translating the Old English language (maybe that challenge is part of what is making it a blast).

Obviously, the word "awake" has some significance to me since it is the name of the blog. There are many stories throughout the Bible about the importance of staying awake, but the one that probably strikes me the most as a good example is Mark 13:33-37:
33 Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come. 34 It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to stay awake. 35 Therefore stay awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning— 36lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. 37And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake."

While reading the NT these past couple weeks we read the story of Jairus' daughter (Luke 8:49-56) who had died (or as Jesus indicates, she is only sleeping - which could take us off into a whole 'nother blog entry about what that means).  Jesus proceeds to raise her with the command, "Child, arise."

This story got me to thinking about how Jesus brought others back from death and of course, he himself came back from death as well.  And if death is "sleep", then part of his goal for us is to awaken us from that sleep.  Which led me to the realization that "staying awake" could also refer to the idea of being with God for eternity.  That is, we hope to stay awake in Heaven for all eternity.  This means the title of the blog could be a double-meaning from what I had originally based it on.  It is also part of my effort to walk in the path of Jesus that I may spend my eternal life with him - that I might stay awake!